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Bernie Sanders has introduced his so called "Single Payer Medicare-for-All" legislation in the Senate. I choose to call it “BernieCare” rather than the “Single Payer Medicare-for-All” title that Sanders ascribes to it. While Bernie’s title is a political winner, it is intellectually dishonest -- meant to deceive many of us seniors who are on Medicare and like it. Sanders’ proposed legislation has little in common with Medicare -- not in terms of benefits, premiums or funding. The only thing it really has in common with Medicare is that it is government run and puts limits on the compensation to private doctors, hospitals, and others caregivers servicing patients. It is as Republicans put it a "giant government takeover of everyone's healthcare."
By borrowing a successful name for “Medicare-for-all” the politically savvy Sanders ensures that the name recognition alone will resonate positively with the public even though much of the public may have little idea of what his legislation will entail. A more appropriate name for his legislation is “Free Everything for All”. It polls well now because Americans are "low information voters" and are totally ignorant of what it entails...that everyone will give up their current plans to become enrolled in BernieCare...everyone!
The "Medicare for all" is nothing more than a slogan like "make America great again". Free everything is expensive as the residents of Vermont (Sander’s home state), California and Colorado decided when they were asked to approved variations of BernieCare. The Colorado ballot measure failed by a whopping 60 point margin in the November 2016 election, a state won by Clinton.
It should serve notice to Democrats that getting on the Bernie bandwagon with the populist BernieCare could spell their defeat by Republicans in the 2018 midterm election, but more importantly the 2020 election in which the newly elected state legislatures get to oversee redistricting after the 2020 census. If Democrats go all in on BernieCare, it could be a repeat of the 2010 election when Americans voted against ObamaCare in a big way.
That is the reality of BernieCare. The 76 year old Senator Sanders is seeking to either take over the Democratic party or destroy it forever as he pursues his life long socialist dream.
Republican will love for Democrats to go all in on BernieCare. It is their wet dream for winning the 2020 election.
PS -- While Sanders has introduced his bill in the Senate the details have not yet been posted in the Senate website for pending legislation. I will elaborate more when I can read the fine print and not become a victim to his one-sided but very effective marketing.